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February 13, 2018

Scientists develop DNA nanorobots capable of stopping cancer growth

In a major breakthrough, scientists have successfully developed tiny nanorobots made of DNA and protein that can be directed at tumours, stopping them from growing. The study was led by researchers at the National Centre for Nanoscience and Technology in Beijing and the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, and… Read More

February 8, 2018

Anti-obesity programmes aren’t working in UK schools

A year-long anti-obesity programme in UK schools had no noticeable effect on children’s health. The programme increased physical activity in schools, instituted a healthy eating programme with local sporting heroes and held workshops on healthy cooking for families. Fifteen months after the kids started the programme, there was no difference… Read More

February 8, 2018

Internationally-renowned NZ-born medic was relatively unknown back home

An internationally-renowned neurologist who grew up in New Plymouth became better known overseas where he taught at some of the world’s foremost universities and hospitals. Derek Denny-Brown was born in Christchurch but went to school at New Plymouth Boys’ High School after his parents moved to the city in 1913. Read More

February 7, 2018

Danish research has a high level of scientific impact

Danish research is some of the most cited among OECD countries, according to this year’s Research Barometer, which examines Danish research from an international perspective. Denmark ranks among the top 5 OECD countries for scientific impact of publications during the period 2012-2016. And Denmark is ranked first within the 10… Read More

February 6, 2018

£54 million awarded to tackle disease through big data.

In a partnership part funded by us, Health Data Research UK will be awarding £54 million funding to six collaborations of world leading UK universities and research institutes to fuel scientific advances using data science. The six collabortations involving 21 sites were chosen for their world-leading expertise and proven track… Read More

January 15, 2018

The devastating effects of Trumpism on science and medicine (amongst other matters)

In our hyper-connected world, President Trump’s statements and actions in undermining science, evidence and experts have far-reaching effects, according to a retired senior academic, clinician and public health advocate, Emeritus Professor John Dwyer. In the article below, cross-published from John Menadue’s Pearls and Irritations blog, Dwyer raises the question: is… Read More

January 10, 2018

Body’s ‘postal system’ may be key to fighting serious disease: study

A new Australian study has shown muscles and other organs communicate to each other during exercise, paving the way for future research into how exercise may assist in fighting serious diseases. Researchers from Sydney’s Garvan Institute of Medical Research have found that vesicles – tiny carriers of proteins and other… Read More

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